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Extent of human trafficking leads Chandler councilman to help guide statewide initiative vs child predators

By Diana Whittle The secret is out and the ugly truth is unfortunately confirmed–there is human trafficking in Arizona. The FBI office recently completed Operation Cross Country, a program to locate sex-traffic victims throughout the U.S. Nationally, 168 kids were recovered in the sting; five children and 42 adults were recovered in Arizona–all were being […]

Mom, CEO, activist, now Valley Metro chairwoman, has little time to think about lack of sleep

By Diana Whittle As a mother of a month-old baby girl, Chandler Councilmember Trinity Donovan has reason to be tired, and does, frankly, admit to a lack of sleep. Then add her duties as an elected official since 2006; her full-time position as the Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Chandler Christian Center; and her […]

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Employees see campaign as their way to ‘make smiles’

Story by Chelsea Martin Photo by Billy Hardiman Dairy Queen has been built on its founders’ desire to serve as a community gathering spot, reciprocating for the continuous support the franchise has received since its inception. In order to give back for all of the overwhelming community support, Dairy Queen has maintained a partnership with […]

HOOPIN’ IT UP

Kids at the Tempe Public Library gave new life to a ’50s pastime with a modern-day spin on the classic Hula Hoop. The youngsters were part of the library’s summer reading program, which extends the boundaries of conventional reading to some hands-on fun. On this day, four members of the Valley-based Heady Hoop Tribe performed […]

Monsoon runoff advisory

Monsoon season is fast approaching, and that means lots of stormwater runoff entering the city storm drain system from impervious surfaces such as concrete driveways, sidewalks, streets, parking lots and rooftops. Unlike the water from sinks, showers and toilets, stormwater flows untreated into storm drains that lead to nearby retention basins, greenbelts, parks, golf courses, […]

Cool learning choices at Connolly, Curry schools

Story by Diana Whittle Photos by Billy Hardiman Summer school classes in the Tempe Elementary district offer kids plenty of cool learning opportunities without being in the hot sun. “Tempe’s summer school program is among the least expensive in the Valley, and it offers a wide variety of classes for both in- and out-of-district students […]

Brotherly love inspires praise for family food-drink venue

Seann William Scott may not be camping out in the parking lot of the new Watershed family restaurant and bar in south Tempe, but don’t be surprised if he happens to pop in one day. The star of such films as American Pie, Role Models, Rundown, Goon and, most recently, Hello, I Must be Going […]

Changes in health-inspection policies win restaurateur’s nod

By Chelsea Martin Area restaurant owners are voicing positive feedback to newly adopted updates to restaurant inspection rules that have been in the works since 2011. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has revamped the inspection programs to include what county officials say is a more consistent, efficient and consumerfriendly process. The 20 recommendations provided […]

Quilt project creates a tightly knit group of Cielo Elementary kids, parents

Story and Photo by Chelsea Martin Anything repetitive inevitably becomes dull to the average person. That’s the main reason out-of-the-box thinkers like Marni Anbar, Colleen Atnip and Monique Zurga decided to put a spin on this year’s art-masterpiece project at Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School. The three are this year’s PTO co-chairs of the project. […]

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